Typhoon Falcon Update: Falcon Leaves PHL with 68,939 Families Still Affected by Floods; 15 People Missing


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), reported on Saturday morning that Falcon had intensified into a severe storm as it continued to move away from the country at a faster rate.

The storm has increased its speed at 24 kph from 19 kph while moving north-northwest in the general direction of Korea.

However, floods caused by typhoon Falcon affected at least 68,939 families or 329,904 people in 220 villages in 27 towns and 14 cities in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and the Bicol region, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Saturday.

Fifteen persons, including two children, remain missing. They are identified as Fedelito Muana Jr., 14, Olongapo City; Rosa Belga Ordan, 54, Ligao City; Antonio Avila Bailon, 40, Catanduanes; Jason Balingit, 16, Catanduanes; Pedro Balingit, 37, Catanduanes; Nestor Tapit Mandasoc, 53, Catanduanes; Jonsy Rodriguez, Catanduanes; Denver Sta. Ines, 2, Catanduanes; Paquito Tabios, 40, Catanduanes; Joselito de los Santos, 39, Camarines Norte; Rolando Sarmiento Tabios, 30, Catanduanes; Joey Mendoza, 20, Camarines Norte; Jenan Mendoza, 18, Camarines Norte; Vicente Rodriguez Tapit, 40, Catanduanes; and Angelica S. Recome, 3, Rizal.

Forecast:

Northern and Central Luzon including Metro Manila will experience Monsoon rains becoming widespread rains over the Western section which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Southern Tagalog will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail over Luzon and coming from the Southeast to Southwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

PAGASA also said it is monitoring another weather disturbance - a low pressure area - East of Eastern Visayas, which is expected to bring more rains over the Visayas, Mindanao, the Bicol region and the western coast of Luzon.

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